DD2 got her braces off yesterday-yeah, but missed two full morning class hours for the process. I didn't realize she was feeling a bit tired and achy, and by the time I was home from work, she was in bed, sicker than I have seen her in a long time-much worse than last Wednesday when she missed school, and though not throwing up as she did at Christmas, her temperature soared past 102, and didn't come down last night with Tylenol. It's at about 100.4 now, so some improvement. She is very stressed because she is going to have to miss her orchestra concert tonight, a presentation with a group project, and a math test, and was already scheduled to be out on Thursday for the state honors choir event. We knew this weeks was going to be a bear, but now the poor thing is battling illness as well.
It's a double edge sword with kids, high achiever kids in particular, with school. On one hand, of course the school preaches leave kids home if they have any of the things on a list for exclusion. Simultaneously preaching that children should not be absent from school, and give minimal amount of time to make up missed work. Friday is a teachers work shop day, so no school. I'm hoping she can perhaps get tests made up, and any other items so that she isn't spending the entire weekend playing catch-up. I also hope her orchestra teacher has an option for picking up the points she misses tonight. It would be awfully unfair, and create more stress for her, if she is penalized for missing school when so very ill. Last Week I let her stay home alone because while she was feeling lousy, she wasn't feverish, and wasn't dehydrated. Today, I'm working from home so I can make sure she doses up every four hours on fever reducers, and drinks massive amounts of Gatorade. With luck, this will be a 24 hour bug.